PIRATES SONG gets the vote to land this handicap at the expense of R Woody and Slip Sliding Away. The selection got her head in front off a one pound lower mark at Yarmouth on her penultimate outing and was not discredited after finishing second at Newmarket thereafter. She has certainly got her act together and if at her best she is sure to be in the shake up come the business end of the race. R Woody landed the odds after winning at Goodwood last time out. He is now four pounds higher in the weights as result which will make life a little tougher but he still warrants respect. Connections of Slip Sliding Away have decided to go with a six pound penalty rather than wait to be reassessed by the handicapper. That in itself suggests that he is still well treated at the weights and any market moves should therefore be noted. Pirates Song has more ticks in his boxes compared to the majority of his rivals so looks the percentage call.
Pin Cushion 6-1 (9-2) Held up, effort on outside halfway ridden and hung right from 2f out, no impression leading trio, 4th of 6, 8l behind Rio Mist (9-6) at Goodwood 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
R Woody 12-1 (9-7) Held up in touch, headway over 1f out, led entering final furlong, driven out, won at Goodwood 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun beating Caldermud (9-5) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Fawley Green 10-1 (9-0) Behind, ridden on wide outside 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to trouble leaders, 8th of 11, 4l behind Vanilla Rum (9-0) at Windsor 6f 3yo stk 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Farmers Wish (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden an weakened over 1f out, last of 11, 12l behind Revue Princess (9-1) at Leicester 6f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Nubar Boy 10-1 (8-5) Mid-division, headway when carried head high 2f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 11, 10l behind Victory Ide Say (9-7) at Haydock 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Pirate's Song 14-1 (8-9) Held up, headway 2f out, ridden and edged left inside final furlong, not clear run and switched left near finish, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Joe Packet (8-12) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Spanish Acclaim 25-1 (9-3) Took keen hold, soon led and clear halfway, reduced lead 3f out, headed and wandered over 2f out, plugged on under pressure inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 8l behind Sarrsar (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Jun.
Slip Sliding Away (IRE) 12-1 (8-9) Awkward leaving stalls, held up in rear, smooth headway on outside over 2f out, tracked leader over 1f out, led inside final furlong, soon clear, won at Goodwood 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun beating Super Yellow (9-6) by 3 1/2l, 9 ran.